Cat Project Archives for September 25-29, 2017.
25, 2017: "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "If I fits, I sits."
Mewvie: Moggie vs. pug.
Feline Art: "The Saddest
Khajiit" by Darren Geers.
Question: people live longer these days and so don’t
our pets thanks to advancements in their veterinary care. How can we
compare our cats age to ours?
Answer: many pet owners use the formula of one of our years is equivalent
to seven theirs, but that can be further adjusted especially when the
cat is under two years. A one-year-old cat is physiologically similar
to a 16-year-old person and a two-year-old cat is physiologically similar
to a 21-year-old person and after that the cat ages about four years
to one of ours. Using this comparison, a 5-year-old cat would be equivalent
to a 33-year-old person, 10-year-old cat to a 53-year-old person. A 15-year-old
cat would be aged similar to a 73-year-old person. Cats start to look
more mature from 7 to 10 years of age and when they are 12 most of them
Question: what happens to our cat as it ages?
Answer: there are a multitude of changes that slowly occur to your cat
as it ages. Its immune system is slower to respond to infections as compared
to when it was younger, making it more difficult to fight infections.
Its skin becomes thinner and less elastic, and has less blood circulation
that makes it more vulnerable to infection. As cats get older they tend
to groom themselves less effectively than younger cats, less grooming
may result in more hair matts, skin odor and inflammation of the skin.
The claws get thicker and are more brittle. Senior cats may have brain
changes related to senility, some symptoms of that would be wandering,
excessive meowing, apparent disorientation and avoidance of social interaction.
Hearing loss is common for seni0r cats as is decreased sight due to Cataracts
or other eye diseases. Dental health also deteriorates with older cats
and often it is severe enough that the cat is not able to eat normally.
A decreased since of smell commonly occurs in senior cats and its effect
maybe a disinterest in eating, resulting in weight loss. The kidneys
undergo a number of age related changes that are common in senior cats
resulting in kidney disease or failure. Arthritis is also an issue with
senior cats, they usually do not show lameness with the arthritis but
you will notice that they have more difficult with getting into their
cat box or climbing stairs or jumping onto the bed or chair. Senior cats
often develop a condition called hyperthyroidism which is when their
thyroid gland becomes over active producing too much thyroid hormone.
Question: what can we do to help our senior
cat with so many issues that can develop?
Answer: many of the conditions that can occur to a senior cat do not
have to occur or at least they can be made better through veterinary
care. Senior cats should receive thorough veterinary exams twice a year
with blood analysis. The earlier we discover age related health issue
the better they can be managed which will allow your cat to more fully
enjoy its senior years.
26, 2017: "Cats conspire to keep us at arm's length." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Guess which image is fake.
Mewvie: Cat on a bike ride.
Feline Art: "Cat" by
27, 2017: "No matter how much cats fight, there always
seems to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln
Gratuitous Kittiness: Sitting pretty.
Mewvie: Gotta keep them doggies in their place.
Art: The amazing Kliban cats.
28, 2017: "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted
and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps;
but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain
Gratuitous Kittiness: Boots, the cat, is made for walking.
Mewvie: Koda's tale.
Feline Art: "Tigers" by
29, 2017: "Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over
by any cat who chooses to make the effort." - Paul
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Black cats... you can't just stop at
Mewvie: Jumping; A work in progress.
Feline Art: Celtc cat
International Airport has a therapy cat.
By Ashley Dean
By now you’ve probably seen the therapy dogs that hang out at Denver
International Airport to provide some comfort and smiles to travelers.
They’re very good dogs.
But if you’re a cat person, maybe you’ve wondered, “Where’s
my therapy fuzz ball?”
Well the powers that be at DIA heard the complaining in your head (because
they’re the Illuminati) and have recruited the first feline member
of the Canine Airport Therapy Squad, otherwise luckily known as CATS.
Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport's Canine Airport
Therapy Squad (CATS). (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)
Xeli (pronounced zell-ee) is a domestic shorthair cat. She weighs 12
pounds and, according to a press release, “loves making new friends.”
Presumably she also loves naps, rubbing up against things, knocking things
off tables and sitting on whatever you happen to need at the moment,
but this is unconfirmed speculation. We can confirm that she will give
you a high-five with a little help from her human.
Xeli will make her first appearance from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in Jeppesen
Terminal, on Level 5 in the center of the Great Hall.